The Nigerian House of Representatives has urged the government to upgrade at least one Teaching Hospital in each of the country’s in the six geo-political zones and the National Hospital Abuja, to reduce medical tourism.
The decision came after a unanimous adoption of a motion on the need to upgrade some Teaching Hospitals and the National Hospital, Abuja to an international standard.
Mr. Segun Adekola from Ekiti State expressed concern that Nigerians spend over one billion dollar annually which was about three hundred and sixty billion Naira, specifically for medical treatments abroad.
The Nation’s health facilities
He said the amount could turn around the nation’s health facilities.
The lawmakers stressed the need for an upward review of the Budgetary allocation for the health sector to meet the minimum 15% AU recommended standard and enhance the full implementation of the budget in the health sector to elevate the quality of medical services.
“Despite Nigeria being a major signatory to the Abuja Declaration of Heads of Governments which resolved to adopt a minimum of 15% as national health budgets for all members in Africa, the Country has never exceeded 6% since that laudable step was taken in 2001.” Adekola stressed
Protect lives and property
In another motion, the House is to investigate the challenges facing Dana Air Limited and its series of crashes and mishaps in the country.
This is to protect the lives and property of passengers as a result of frequent crashes and air mishaps associated with Dana Air.
Presenting the motion Mr. Prestige Ossy said since the private airline commenced operation, about twenty years ago in Nigeria, the airline is known with unpredictable history of accidents and mishaps in the country posing threat to the lives and property of passengers.
Mr Ossy said “Just a few weeks ago the same Dana Air craft had its door opened while landing at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
If we can recall, in the year twenty twelve, Dana Air Flight 0992 crashed into a two storey building in Iju- Ishaga a densely populated area of Lagos State killing all the one hundred and fifty three passengers on board.”